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Stig Dalager

David’s story

Stig Dalager

Stig Dalager is one of Denmark's most distinguished authors whose novels and plays have been translated and staged internationally.  He is the author of 51 literary works of all kinds, mostly novels and plays. Dalager was born in Copenhagen in the post-war period of the 1950s, a time of remembrance of the Second World War.

His parents were grocers throughout the 1950s and 1960s, until his father was diagnosed of having Parkinson's disease. Discovering that he and his family moved to Herning in Jutland, near to where his father had been raised. There he graduated from high school, after which he attended the University of Arhus, where he received his Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in comparative literature. With his then fiancée, Anne Marie Mai, he wrote several books on literature, including a two-volume study of Danish women writers from the middle Ages to contemporary times.

In 1982 Dalager left the University of Copenhagen to live as a writer, which he has continued to do since. He has written poetry, fiction, drama and essays. Several of his poems and novels have been translated into other languages, and he has seen his plays staged in Moscow, New York, Berlin, and other cities around the world.

Dalager’s work concentrates on the existential conditions of both ordinary people and contemporary and historical known persons, with moments of psychological soul-searching expressed within a multitude of differing conditions. Dalager’s diverse gallery of characters ranges from the woman of his Sarajevo monologue, I Count the Hours, to Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen in the play Lord and Shadow and the novel "Journey in blue"; from the dissident Count Claus Stauffenberg and Adolf Hitler in his novel To dage i juli (Two Days in July) to dr. Simon Wiesenthal in his novel "Labyrinten" ("The Labyrinth") the 11th of September’s tragedy...
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